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Andrea Westermann

Andrea Westermann
University of Konstanz · Department of History

PhD
Environmental History, Geopolitics, History of Geology, History of Plastics, Environmental Migration, Resource Economics

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How is nature transformed into natural resources? Histories analyzing the state sciences of agriculture and forestry in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries showed that these sciences redefined nature as natural resources by making them amenable to cameralistic calculation, bookkeeping and accountability. Against this background, my first...
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The essay examines the terrestrial and geopolitical conditions in contemporary societies. It straddles societal and terrestrial scales by focusing on the Atacama Desert and the geological processes the landscape exposes. Two such processes, (geo) chemical in origin, are the actual objects under study: enrichment and dilution. These are economic as...
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Plastic and its waste are eye-catching and culturally laden materials. Given that their histories have become entangled with the notion of the technofossil, how can we resist the temptation to aestheticize this material legacy which is accumulating in the rock record? Guiding us through the historical roots, current excesses, and future imagination...
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https://terra-x-geschichte.podigee.io/6-plastik-der-fatale-wunderstoff
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Ob als größere Verpackungsreste, Mikroplastik oder toxische Emissionen durch offene Müllverbrennung: Langlebiger Kunststoffmüll häuft sich in vielerlei Form zu einem Umwelt-, Arbeitsschutz- und Gesundheitsprob- lem an. Alle drei Komponenten haben eine längere Geschichte. Sie wird in diesem Aufsatz skizziert. Es wird deutlich, dass Plastik und seine...
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The blog post points to manifold manifestations of migrant knowledge and reflects on how studying it can open fruitful avenues of historical research
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"Klima und anderes mehr. Wissensproduktion uber die Erde als Indikator fur Sozialen Wandel. Eine Einleitung". Environmental history and the history of the earth and environmental sciences are now converging in three fields of research: analyzing the politics of deep time, reconstructing the making of natural disaster knowledge, and exploring the na...
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Inventories of the Earth. Mineral Resource Appraisals and the Rise of Resource Economics. How do the earth sciences mediate between the natural and social world? This paper explores the question by focusing on the history of nonfuel mineral resource appraisal from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. It argues that earth sciences early...
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At one time, plastics were claimed to be the material that would not only boost West Germany's economy but also its consumer democracy. However, in the 1970s plastics were redefined as an environmental and consumer hazard. Based on protest letters and other sources, this article explores why plastic came to be redefined and traces how it became an...
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This article examines how, in late nineteenth-century Switzerland and Germany, the established earthquake discourse was socially reshaped and, in turn, helped change the way people conceived of social reality. Scientists broke with the tradition of enlightened earthquake discourse in that they argued that earthquake research was about the regular a...
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Argument The article examines the organizational patterns of nineteenth-century Swiss Alpine geology. It argues that early and middle nineteenth-century Swiss geognosy was shaped in genealogical terms and that the patterns of genealogical reasoning and practice worked as a vehicle of transmission toward the generalization of locally gained empirica...
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Um 1900 war Albert Heim einer der führenden Al­pentektoniker. 1878 veröffentlichte er eine exzellent bebilderte Studie über die Anatomie der Falten, die auf dem Gebiet der Faltengebirge bald zum Klassi­ker wurde. Die Glarner Alpen interpretierte er darin nicht als überschiebung, sondern als Doppelfalte, eine These, die bereits sein Lehrer Arnold Es...
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"Maschinerien sind immer technisch und nicht-technisch integriert. Neben technischen können sie politische, moralische, ästhetische, magische Funktionen wahrnehmen und in fast beliebigen anderen Bedeutungszusammenhängen figurieren." (Joerges 1989: 44 ff.) An diesem kurzen statement eines einschlägigen Techniksoziologen verdienen zwei Stichworte ein...

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